Dr Hosam Zowawi

Honorary Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine


Hosam Mamoon Zowawi, Ph.D. is Group Leader at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. He is a clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases scientist interested in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Dr Zowawi and his collaborators at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States have founded the first region-wide surveillance program to monitor the spread and emergence of superbugs in the Gulf States. This work is completing to paint the global picture of antimicrobial resistance. As a clinical microbiologist Dr Zowawi recognizes the need to develop more rapid diagnostic tools to aid rapid implementation of targeted medical management.

Dr Zowawi is dedicated to public engagement and believes that better communication about scientific issues could publicize science, raise awareness and transform healthcare. Hosam and his team have founded the SuperbugsFree andSuperbug Slayers Polo Initiative, a social movement for antimicrobial resistance that aims to educate the general public about the appropriate use of antibiotics and the role that hand hygiene plays in reducing this threat. Utilizing social and mainstream media platforms, and engaging directly with the public through seminars, discussions, school visits and sport events, SuperbugFree and Superbug Slayers Polo Initiative are committed to raise the global profile of antimicrobial resistance to create an impact.

His commitment to combat antimicrobial resistance, and appreciation for multidisciplinary research and collaboration has stimulated him to join scientific expeditions to explore caves in Europe and South America. He believes that caves and exploration will provide valuable understanding about the evolution of antimicrobial resistance and might lead to the discovery of novel chemical compounds to tackle resistant pathogens.

Dr Zowawi has advised for the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (Review on AMR www.amr-review.org), which was commissioned by, and reporting to, the former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. He is also a member of the consultants group for the GCC Strategic Plan to Combat antimicrobial resistance, the chairman of the National Awareness Committee about Antimicrobial Resistance and a member in the Saudi National Committee to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance.

The significance of his multidisciplinary initiatives to combat antimicrobial resistance is widely recognized and has received multiple national and international awards and recognitions including the Rolex Award for Enterprise, Next Generation Leaderby TIME Magazine, Queensland Science and Innovation Champion, Change Creatorby The University of Queensland, and The Junior Researcher Award from King Abdullah International Medical Research Center.

Research Interests

  • Clinical microbiology
    Diagnostic microbiology
  • Antimicrobial resistance
    Gram-negative bacilli
  • Rapid diagnostics
  • Health promotion
    Health communication


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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